20 Organisations to do Volunteer Work in Singapore
Have some free time on your hands? Why not use it meaningfully to volunteer!
And with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting more of those in need, charities in Singapore need more of us to lend a helping hand.
If you would like to know where and how to be a volunteer in Singapore, here’s a list of some Singaporean organisations to volunteer at that might give you a headstart.
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Food from the Heart runs various food distribution programmes to help with solving food insecurity for the needy.
One programme is the Community Food Pack, which compiles and distributes donated food items to those in need.
You can join as a volunteer and assist in food sorting at their warehouse, help out by facilitating events and many more!
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One of the more well-known organisations is Willing Hearts, which provide daily meals to underprivileged and marginalised groups in society.
As a volunteer, your responsibilities would include preparing ingredients, packing lunch boxes or cleaning up the cooking stations.
There are four-time slots of around 3-4 hours each day for volunteer work. Interested volunteers are also able to choose dates, timeslots and pax subject to availability.
Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS)
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If you’re an animal lover, then you can look to volunteer at the Causes for Animals Singapore.
To support local animal welfare, they have organised rescue and adoption programmes to help numerous street and shelter animals.
If you’re into animals, check out our article on animal shelters you can volunteer at.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
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RDA provides free Equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities.
It offers a unique volunteering opportunity in Singapore, as volunteers assist with the horse riding therapy sessions.
Volunteers have to be at least 16 years old. Prior experience is not required but you would have to commit to at least a ten weeks term.
Dover Park Hospice
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Dover Park Hospice provides care to patients, encouraging them to treasure life even in their last days.
The organisation consists of 18 different volunteer groups. As a volunteer, you will participate in activities like craftwork and hairdressing with the patients.
Do note that Dover Park Hospice currently only takes in applicants volunteering on a long term basis.
Changi General Hospital (Friends of CGH)
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Through Changi General Hospital’s volunteer programme, Friends of CGH, you will be able to assist, bond and interact with patients.
Available volunteer opportunities include volunteering at the hospital as a befriender, a patient guide or helping out in ad-hoc charity events.
Volunteers are required to commit to once a week for at least three months.
Due to the current Covid-19 policies, there are few volunteering opportunities available at CGH but do contact them if you have more queries!
Lion Befrienders started in 1995 and has been helping isolated seniors in Singapore through befriending and care support projects.
Volunteer as a befriender, where you could meet and interact with the elderly through home visits.
Additionally, you can join as a volunteer at the Active Aging Center to help organise engaging activities for the seniors.
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
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With close to 350 annual initiatives and 20 programmes and services offered, MINDS is a widely known organisation that supports individuals with special needs.
There are plenty of opportunities for volunteer work at MINDS, for example, coordinating virtual activities and tele-befriending.
Children Aid Society
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You can volunteer at the children’s home, Melrose Home, or Melrose Centre, its therapy centre.
Ways to lend a helping hand include mentorship programmes with children in need, teaching skills or fundraising collaborations.
If you are interested and are at least 18 years old, you can sign up as a volunteer by contacting the organisation through their enquiry form!
Club Rainbow Singapore
Club Rainbow is a charity organisation in Singapore that supports children with chronic illnesses, providing services to help benefit and enrich their lives.
If you like interacting with children, you can sign up as a volunteer tutor to mentor and teach children in Club Rainbow.
Note that there is a commitment of at least six months, and volunteers must be 18 years old and above.
New Life Stories
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New Life Stories is a non-profit organisation that provides support for the children of incarcerated parents.
You can volunteer as a Learning Friend in their Early Readers Programme.
The programme allows volunteers to work on building relationships with the children while improving their literacy skills through reading.
Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and are required to commit for 1 hour per week for at least six months.
Singapore Council of Women Organisation (SCWO)
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SCWO has over 50 member organisations and works towards ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore.
They provide opportunities to volunteer at their services and facilities like the New2U Thrift Shop.
SCWO also offers volunteers to help out as a tutor at the Star Shelter or assist IT classes at their IT Hub.
Yellow Ribbon Project
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Yellow Ribbon Project is an organisation with the objectives to raise awareness, create acceptance and promote action in communities to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society.
Apart from participating in community projects, volunteers can also work on helping with initiated events like the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run.
Singapore Red Cross
An organisation with a strong humanitarian cause, Red Cross Singapore dedicates to helping those in need.
As a volunteer, you will help out with organisational events like blood donation drives or flag days.
TOUCH Community Services
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TOUCH Community Services is a Singaporean charity organisation that includes smaller volunteer groups.
They offer numerous volunteer work opportunities for everyone, including the elderly.
For example, initiatives like Meals On Wheels or being an essential care volunteer.
Commitment levels are dependent on each initiative.
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AWWA is an organisation with various programmes and services to aid people with disabilities, families and the elderly.
They are looking for volunteers that are 16 years old and above to help them out with charity work.
You’ll have plenty of online and offline volunteer work opportunities, like organising art and craft workshops or helping to spring clean the facilities.
ZeroWaste SG is a volunteer organisation in Singapore that promotes saving the environment through the 3Rs. (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)
Previously, they have managed to raise awareness through zero waste campaigns like the BYO Singapore movement involving around 1000 retail outlets.
Are you interested in contributing to advocating for zero waste? You can sign up as a workshop facilitator or help out with promoting their campaigns.
SG Clean Ambassadors
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With the introduction of the SG Clean campaign, you can promote a clean environment in Singapore by volunteering as an ambassador.
As an SG Clean Ambassador, you will have to ensure the cleanliness of public spaces, while educating the public of good practices like safe distancing.
However, due to the current Covid-19 situation, only volunteers aged 18-49 years old with no medical conditions can be deployed.
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Impart SG is a non-profit organisation making efforts for transformative youth developments.
They are a parent to three subsidiaries that conduct volunteer operations in Singapore on community, education and mental health.
There are many volunteer roles available like youth advocate, research assistant or content designer.
Check out the information links for details on the roles available for each of its subsidiary organisations.
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Youth Corps Singapore provides a wide range of service projects and for youths to volunteer in Singapore.
You can choose to sign up for various volunteering programmes and charity projects available online and at the RedBox.
Other Volunteering avenues
You can also download the SGCares app for more volunteering opportunities in Singapore.
Before volunteering, look for an organisation whose cause and values align with you. Doing so will motivate you to commit for a period of time and support the organisation.
If you’d like, check out how you can volunteer to help migrant workers.